AFCON: Tunisia trashed Algeria

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Tunisia scored twice in the second half to beat Algeria 2-1 in Franceville on Thursday and haul themselves back into contention for an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals place, AFP reports.

An Aissa Mandi own-goal broke the deadlock and Naim Sliti converted a penalty as the Tunisians atoned for a 2-0 defeat by Senegal in their opening Group B game.

Substitute Sofiane Hanni scored a consolation goal for the Algerian Desert Foxes a minute into stoppage time.

Among the pre-tournament favourites, Algeria have only one point from two matches and must defeat top-ranked African team Senegal next Monday to have a chance of survival.

Senegal will become the first qualifiers for the quarter-finals if they defeat Zimbabwe later Thursday in the second part of a double-header.

“It was a very important match,” said Sliti. “We knew that after the match against Senegal that we were very frustrated. We had the chances to win.

“Today we made amends and showed the true face of Tunisian football. Many say that we play the most beautiful football and today we were rewarded.”

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